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Shape-speak

“The soul never thinks without an image.”

—Aristotle

You can’t understand shapes without knowing a little math. Just a little—this I can promise, because I am no mathematician. Mathematics encompasses theory and philosophy, as well as hard numbers, and it would require volumes to cover its significance. It is, nonetheless, important to understand some of the basics of how math works, because everything you know about the universe is based in it. The binary code that underlies the digital world you interact with every day is an example. Binary numbering is nothing new. It’s the basis of many visual and audible patterns in human language: the Chinese I Ching, Braille, and even the poetic rhythm of prosody, which measures intonation and emphasis in written language. If you didn’t have rudimentary math skills, you wouldn’t be able to create anything humans are known for—from inventing a system for bartering goods to designing sophisticated satellites that explore the universe. Math, along with written language, are two of the most powerful tools humans have ever developed. Alone, however, numbers are conceptual abstractions that can quickly lose their meaning. Shapes define numbers with intuitive references to the real world in tangible ways that can be physically interacted with (Figure 5.1). As you will see, shapes describe processes that range from emotions to dimensions. The more you understand the basics of math, the more organized your thinking process and elegant your images. As with anything in this book, if an idea sparks your interest, it’s the universe’s hint that you need to know more! Pursue it and educate yourself further.


  

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